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Oklahoma State Fair 2018

The Oklahoma State Fair  is open September 13th-23rd. This is an interview with Scott Munz of the Marketing department. He has been with the fair for over thirty years and would like to be around he says for another six to eight years. The Fair has grown a lot. One of the things I have not seen before at a state fair is a really cool coupon book with lots of coupons. The coupon book is on sale for $5.00. Get your Tickets ***************** Oklahoma State Fair - Frequently Asked Questions!

By |2019-03-13T22:55:07+00:00September 13th, 2018|Bull Rider, Fair Food, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Fair, Podcast, State Fair|0 Comments

Carnival Catastrophe

Carnival Catastrophe: Is there a Real Reason to be Afraid? Counties and Cities with Carnivals or Fairs There are over 3,000 counties in our country.  There are almost 20,000 cities and towns.  Just about every one of them has at least one carnival or fair, and in the case of the bigger cities, perhaps dozens every year. According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) it comes in at about 4,400 injuries annually but only about 1.5% of that number (66) require hospitalization each year.  Complied statistics for (non-Amusement Park) carnival and fair injuries or deaths are calculated to be 6 per 100,000 visitors, or 0.006%. Not only is the number quite small, but the classification of injuries is quite broad, including anything requiring treatment or hospitalization.  Everything from twisted ankles or sprains, bumped heads, chest pains, numbness, neck strains, back pain, dizziness, and vomiting all count. If you were to pick a large amusement park, such as Disney World with its 19.33 million visitors each year, and apply those statistics, you might expect 1,160 injuries per year.  Big parks are actually much better than that because they have permanent equipment that stays in one place, and experienced maintenance crews with multiple inspections per day. An actual Carnival incident In July (2017), when one of the rides at the Ohio State Fair experienced a severe failure, an 18-year-old man was killed.  A further six were injured.  Despite undergoing three separate inspections, by the operator, the city officials, and an independent third party, they all missed some significant corrosion for one of the seating areas.  The metal was thin enough to shear when the ride was under strain with a full load of passengers. Who is to blame? In this particular case, the manufacturer had issued a notice about the fault in the ride considerably earlier.  They had notified, or attempted to notify, all purchasers, of the potential danger of failure and recommended not using the ride until repairs could be effected. These carnivals and fairs do a lot of traveling, meaning that equipment is assembled and disassembled daily or weekly, moving from one location to the next.  It might be hard to keep up with notices, warnings, alerts, or changing maintenance requirements when you’re constantly on the go.  But perhaps, you would think, workers familiar with the equipment might notice changes and deterioration. Except that they might not…  It might be invisible because it is encased in fiberglass, or in other ways hidden from view.  [...]

By |2019-03-13T23:33:01+00:00November 21st, 2017|Carnivals, injuries, Insurance, Kiddie|0 Comments

Oklahoma State Fair 2017

The Oklahoma State Fair is about to open on September 14th, with all kinds of new and exciting things. There is a lot of stuff to do here for the ten dollar admission costs. This is an interview with Scott Munz , Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations about all the new and great things at this years event. Listening to this for a few minutes will give you a great overview of the fair and all the fancy new fair foods they have. Come hungry and come rested and be prepared to have a great time.!!! Oklahoma State Fair - Frequently Asked Questions!    

‘Big Tex’, coming back to the Texas State Fair

Big Tex was destroyed by fire last year. The 52-ft iconic host was destroyed in an electrical fire on the final Friday of the 2012 State Fair of Texas. Fair officials confirm that Big Tex will be unveiled on opening day of the 2013 season. Fairgoers want Big Tex back and a fund was established to rebuild him. Big Tex has been around since right after the 2nd world war. The merchants were looking for a big draw for the Christmas season and decided a big cowboy was in order. After all what could be better then Santa in Texas the worlds biggest cowboy? So the Kerens Chamber of Commerce, built a 49 foot one - it was suppose to attract shoppers to spent money during the Christmas season. In 1951, State Fair president R. L. Thornton purchased Santa's components for $750 and hired Dallas artist Jack Bridges to create a giant cowboy out of the material. More about the history of Big Tex can be found in the book - The Great State Fair of Texas - An Illustrated History, by Nancy Wiley. Here is an article talking about the new 'Big Tex' coming to the Texas State Fair September 27th, 2013

By |2019-05-24T00:56:30+00:00May 1st, 2013|Dallas, State Fair, State Fair of Texas, Texas|0 Comments

Remember the Michigan State Fair

A few years ago Michigan lost its state fair and it broke my heart to report that. The first Michigan state fair was held in 1849. This state fair was claimed by Michigan to be the oldest state fair in the USA. The Michigan State Fair Agricultural Society bought the land for it on April 18th, 1905 for one dollar. The land eventually had a coliseum with seating for 5,600 and held two NASCAR races. Funding for the State Fair was cut off by the governor in Oct. 2009. There was no fair in 2010 or 2011. In 2011 Great Lakes Agricultural Fair, a 501 C (3) organization, was created to provide a resurgence and rising of an agricultural event The Great Lakes State Fair took place August 31 through September 3, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in the Detroit suburb of Novi. There is a interview on this page with Mike Watts is the Fair’s executive director. The 2013 fair won’t be held at the State Fairgrounds in Detroit. Its new home will be the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Take a look at this article Michigan State Fair Returns For Labor Day Weekend 2013, posted March 26th, 2013. The fair also has a new website so you can see what is going on.

By |2019-05-24T00:57:14+00:00March 28th, 2013|Michigan, Novi, State Fair|1 Comment

Ohio State Fair wins International Award

The Ohio State Fair was recently presented with a first place Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) for the fair's new "Agriculture is Cool" interactive education program held in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio's agricultural commodity groups. The 2011 "Agriculture is Cool" program inspired by the initiative of Governor John R. Kasich included several interactive education stations throughout the Ohio State Fair at which students could learn about the many ways Ohio's largest industry – agriculture – impacts many facets of their everyday lives. The program, which also offered scholarships to top participants, was recognized as the best special or specific agricultural education exhibit, event or program for the fairgoing public for fairs with annual attendance between 500,001 and 1 million. The award was presented during a special awards ceremony held on November 29 during the 121st Annual IAFE Convention. In addition, the Ohio State Fair received eight different awards in the marketing division. Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler explained, "The Ohio State Fair has long been a favorite family tradition and an active participant in the international community of fairs and expositions. I'm thrilled that a panel of industry leaders recognized our great state for excellence from a pool of more than 3,000 members from around the world." The "Agriculture is Cool" program will be open to visitors of all ages during the 2012 Ohio State Fair, July 25 - Aug. 5. For the second consecutive year, exiting fourth grade students (2011-2012 academic year) and a chaperone will be admitted for free upon presentation of a valid report card at the entrance gates. The Ohio Expo Center is a year-round, multi-purpose convention and meeting facility. More than 150 events are held at the Ohio Expo Center annually, including the Ohio State Fair. The 2012 Ohio State Fair will be held July 25 - August 5

By |2017-08-12T00:04:06+00:00December 31st, 2011|Awards, Fairgrounds, Ohio, State Fair|0 Comments

Harry Vold Stock Contractor, Colorado

Who is Harry Vold? Well, he looks like and sounds like John Wayne, if John Wayne had a brother or a double it would have been Harry Vold. Harry is a rodeo stock contractor with a deep love of horses that shows in everything he does. He is now 86 years old and runs the Harry Vold Rodeo Company out of Pueblo Colorado. He is 86 now and still loves to ride on his ranch and watch his animals. "A good bucking horse has to have the heart and disposition, they have to want to buck", says Harry. His youngest daughter Kristen is now managing the ranch, but, not of course without Harry's input. Harry's animals are never bucked more then twice a week and have the best diet and the best of care and a great ranch to roam on. The following interview was done as the Colorado State Fair was getting underway. Harry and his rodeo company were of course in attendance. The Duke of the Chutes: Harry Vold's Sixty Years in Rodeo (Hardcover) - Review HERE IT IS! This is the book all the rodeo contestants, fans, committeemen, and contract performers have wanted to read forever. This is Harry Vold s life story. In it you'll see Harry s career as a premier rodeo producer and ... The road to the College National Finals Rodeo passes through Las ... - NMSU hired 11-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Stock Contractor of the Year Harry Vold, of the Harry Vold Rodeo Co., as the stock contractor for this rodeo. The team also hired “Radical Ryan Rodriguez” as the clown act. ...

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